Hodan Nalayeh cooking canjeelo

Hodan Nalayeh’s Canjeelo aka Canjeero aka Laxoox

Hodan Nalayeh is not only an internationally renown and respected media personality and public figure, this Somali-Canadian mother of two is also a passionate cook.

Despite a hectic schedule filming and broadcasting stories about Somalis from around the world on her much loved Integration TV, Hodan still finds time to cook up a storm in her kitchen. She shares her special canjeelo recipe with us. We tried it with a smear of nutella – delicious!

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Risotto vegetarian

Vegetable Risotto

You show me one person who doesn’t love a good risotto and I will…okay I won’t do anything other than promise you that this version will convert them!

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Black quinoa and hulled millet

Black Quinoa, Hulled Millet, Artichoke and Pomegranate Salad

The inspiration for this recipe came from one of my favourite chefs, vegan guru Tal Ronen who likes to use ancient grains. Tapping into my own ancient Horn of Africa heritage with its African and Middle Eastern influences I have used hulled millet, pomegranate and added ingredients that I don’t usually use such as black quinoa and artichokes.

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Lime, Yoghurt and Coriander Chilli Sauce

Chilli is often served as a condiment in Somali cuisine and rarely added to the dish. This makes Somali food perfect for those who like flavour without the heat, but for those who like it hot—the more the chilli the better!

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Oats, Honey and Chia Seeds Porridge (Mushaali)

Oats are packed with nutritional goodness. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and great for lowering blood pressure. Oats also help manage weight loss as they are full of soluble fibre that keep you satisfied for longer.

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